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More Delta schools exposed to coronavirus

Eight Delta schools now on FHA's exposure list
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The B.C. Teachers Federation is calling on the province to cap class sizes at 15 students, especially in schools within the Fraser Health region.

Three more Delta schools have been added to Fraser Health’s COVID-19 exposure list.

According to the health region, the latest list, posted Friday, added North Delta Secondary, which had an exposure event Dec. 4, as well as Devon Gardens, having an exposure Dec. 7 and 8, and Seaquam Secondary, which had an exposure Dec. 7.

Delview Secondary remains on the list, having a new exposure event Dec. 8, 9, and 10.

Other schools on the current list include Annieville Elementary (Dec. 9 and 10), Heath Traditional Elementary (Dec. 10), Hellings Elementary (Dec. 4) and Pinewood Elementary (Dec. 4).

No Delta schools are currently listed as having outbreaks.

In a recent interview, Delta Teachers’ Association president Susan Yao said she’s hoping parents will finally get on board and encourage their kids to wear masks in schools.

Yao said it’s been a huge concern as the number of schools including Delta schools are seeing an increasing number of COVID-19 exposure events.

She also noted they are very concerned about on-call teachers who attend multiple schools and multiple classes.

Meanwhile, teachers in Surrey are trying to ramp up pressure on the health ministry and provincial health officer.

In the letter to Dr. Bonnie Henry this week, the Surrey Teachers’ Association is demanding the number of students at school any one time be cut in half, also reiterating the demand for a mandatory mask policy.

As of Friday, 40 Surrey schools are on FHA’s exposure list.